Going Underground 007 – Echo Babylon

Formed in late 2015 when two friends Kim Lagusz and Laurie Judd combined their passion for dance music…Their debut release followed soon after when they remixed ‘Tigers are better looking’ by BBC Radio 6 favourites Becky Becky. This was followed in quick succession by a number of releases on labels across Europe and South America….

Ri Za – Spiral Tension

Modern Agenda is excited to present this beauty of a melodic EP from Ri Za with remixes from AudioStorm and Weird Sounding Dude. Both remixers are new to Modern Agenda and we welcome them aboard.

Spiral Tension is smooth. Really smooth. It has a progressive feel with a bit of edge. At first note, you’ll be swept away by the rhythm and you’re carried along a magical journey, right through to the end. Facets of light and dark emerge throughout the tune.

Phantoms is the b-side track to this EP as a stand-alone. It’s funky and a bit mind-bending. This tune packs an intensity and sounds that get into your mind. Groovy progressive and haunting vocal licks are sure to keep you mesmerized.

Weird Sounding Dude’s remix of Spiral Tension is melody-laden and flows beautifully. The percussion is light, the synth-work is progressive and dreamy. Prog purists, this will be your pick.

AudioStorm delivers an emphatic and emotional take on Spiral Tension and brings it more into the later hours. Minor sounds keep this one moody.

https://www.beatport.com/release/spiral-tension/2811842

Modern Agenda Valentine’s Day Amsterdam Showcase

Modern Agenda Music and Origin Presents are pleased to bring you a Valentine’s Day Showcase event in Amsterdam at Kashmir Lounge Dj Cafe.

We have Clay van Dijk, Zoyzi, Juliane Wolf and Nadia LDMN “ناديه” on the lineup for this FREE event.

Valentine’s Day? Single, taken? Doesn’t matter. You’re never alone when Modern Agenda is around.

See you on the dance floor!

https://www.facebook.com/events/173023607276253/

Juliane Wolf – Forbidden Forest EP

Juliane Wolf is back on Modern Agenda with an original of her own, Forbidden Forest, remixed by Dowden. Forbidden Forest is a progressive trip, with that added magic Juliane always adds.

The original flows so smoothly with flirty percussion and a dreamy chords and lead. This one is going to do well on the dancefloors to put people into another level of feeling good.

Our friend Dowden delivers once again with his remix. The Dowden sound is heard at first beat and this one takes the intensity up another notch. Moody and dark, this remix is made for late night raging and will make anyone on the floor feel bad ass.

https://www.beatport.com/release/forbidden-forest/2776836

Going Underground with Nadia

Track List

Thatha (Original Mix) – Oluhle, Armonica – Stil Vor Talent
Vapour (Tripswitch Remix) – Chris Cargo, Sonic Union, Tripswitch – onedotsixtwo
No Train Without Raills (Original Mix) – Leon Capeta – Clinique Recordings
No Gravity (Original Mix) – Rodrigo Lapena, Gonzalo Sacc – Beat Boutique
Adena (Original Mix) – GMJ – Tarnished Tracks
Darpa (Original Mix) – Cid Inc. – Replug
Utopia (Original Mix) – Tonaco – Genesis Music
Koira (Original Mix) – Interaxxis – Sudbeat Music
Late Bloom (Original Mix) – Lanvary – Proton Music
The Past Behind Your Back (Original Mix) – Dhany G – Balkan Connection

FOLLOW NADIA ON SOUNDCLOUD – https://soundcloud.com/nadiasouth3zero

Jacob Seville, Amber Long – The Break-Up

Jacob Seville and Amber Long have been working together on projects now for a few years. Jacob’s daring style allows Amber to experiment with her vocals and this two-track EP is no different.

The initial two tracks of three, Monopolizing Time and My Story are both very gritty, raw, emotional tunes. Jacob’s love and use of talented synth-play and growling low-end matched with Amber’s moody vocals and lyrics make or the perfect duo of art-pieces in your library.

Going Underground with Dowden

Praised for diversity in his DJing and musical writing, Dowden presents a deep, yet charging energy full of Melodic atmosphere. Ranging from high octane gritty Progressive nuance, to enchanting Deep House hymns, all with a subtle tone of darkness and mystery.

We are lucky to have Dowden on the label during his upwards trajectory and have been keeping an eye on him for awhile now, considering he is from Toronto.

Dowden has a dirty and powerful sound. It’s unique. You know it is him playing when you hear him DJing or even a mix or remix, he has definitely crafted a sound for himself and we love it.

Thanks for taking the time to make this mix for us, Brendan, and answering our questions below. We can’t wait to hear what’s in store for you as we expect it to be something grand! Audiences can expect a new remix from Dowden next month on Modern Agenda.

Describe the moment when you realized you were meant to make music? Or even if not, “meant”, when did you decide to take the leap and go for it?

Since I was really young I wanted to make music. I was in so many bands and felt I was the only one who was extremely passionate about it. I was always the ‘leader’ in the band. I would get all the shows booked, plan all the band rehearsals, etc. Eventually, I realized that I was not going to be successful when my passions were higher of those involved in the same project. I decided to start working on music by myself, around 8 years ago. Luckily, around that time is when I discovered electronic music, and began just having fun with synths and samples. It took a few years before I really decided that Electronic Dance Music was the route I wanted to take, and I really started diving in and focusing a lot of my time in producing. Just recently I quit my full time job, and moved to Europe to focus all my working time on creating music and pushing my musical career. It was a very scary move for me, but I felt it was the perfect time to take the leap and dive fully into music.
 

Describe your career at one year in, three years in, and now. Where is it headed from here?

 I’d actually consider this to be my first year as my career, and I’m only just a couple weeks in! I quit my job about 5 weeks ago, and am currently traveling a bit of Europe, before settling in Berlin for about two months. This move was necessary to have all my energy focused on creating enough music to push my career into a direction that can be sustainable while I continue to build my musical identity and share my music with the world. 

What changes did you go through as an artist and in your personal life, do you find you have changed as a person over the years you’ve been an active artist? If yes, how so?

 I have learned many life lessons during my time as an artist, some which I would never have learned if I wasn’t an artist. Unfortunately, these lessons usually come at a cost of friendships (or what you thought were friendships), self doubt, and disappointments. I’ve learned a lot of people have hidden agendas, and that your efforts are not always reciprocated, and you can’t expect them to be, or you’re setting yourself up to be hurt, and to resent people. It’s better to be very particular in who you lend your trust to. People will take advantage, and it’s a very taxing situation that I’ve found myself in many times. Learning how to separate personal relationships and ties from business is a tough one, but it is a very important lesson that I’ve learned and now live by. Aside from that, leaving my job and focusing on music full time is a huge change! Can you tell I’m excited about that? Haha. 
 

What is your greatest source of inspiration and how do you get yourself in a creative mood when you aren’t feeling especially inspired?

 Music is definitely my greatest source of inspiration. If I’m ever in a writers block or not feeling inspired, I’ll watch my favorite artists DJing sets to huge crowds. I imagine myself in their shoes, and I immediately think “if I am ever going to be up their, on that stage, I need to get to work.” So I do just that! It’s extremely inspiring to me. Listening to new music always gets me in the mood to write something as well. 

Where can people find your work online (social links) and what are the details for any upcoming gigs and/or releases?

I’ll be playing the Modern Agenda Label Showcase at ADE this year, which was an absolute blast last year and super happy to be back. I’ve been pretty quiet with releases lately, my last one was a 4 track EP on Beatfreak Limited, which came out August 30th and is still sitting in the Top 100 Charts which is really great! I’ve been hustling and writing a lot of new music, collaborating with artists like Exit Coda, Adrian Roman, Como Sea, and Mustafa Ismaeel. So there will definitely be some new music coming out in a few months. 

As for my music, you know the drill! You can find my music on Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, etc.

www.soundcloud.com/dowdenmusic

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2LuHSsNL6BfWXAwAYjcgcd  
https://www.beatport.com/artist/dowden/645184 

www.facebook.com/dowdenmusic
http://www.dowdenmusic.com

RYAN – Daltmar EP

Hailing originally from Buenos Aires, and now Barcelona, RYAN is new to Modern Agenda as a producer but not new to us as an artist. From meeting him face to face in May, then watching him play in the UK in July, RYAN’s talent shines through everything he does.

As a DJ, his mixes are distinct and deep. The same goes for his productions. RYAN’s new Daltmar EP is a prime example of funk fused with depth and flow. Each one of these three tunes have their own unique flavour, the EP as an entirety is a buffet of underground music.

One notable thing is the groove in each one of these tunes. Typically, we put out really moody tunes but these ones are sure to leave you feeling fresh, with a spring in your step. Like you can’t help but curl up a grin while listening.

Progressive Astronaut Promo Mix from Nadia

Check out this super promo mix from Nadia in preparation for the Progressive Astronaut Events Afterparty, upstairs at the Horse & Groom, 28 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3NZ. The first 110 people to arrive will get in for free with their event wristbands.

Track list :
Yarra Valley (Original Mix) – Vincenzo, Elon – Bedrock Records
Rebirth (Original Mix) – Brian Cid – Lost & Found
ID – ID
The Pitfall (Roman Rai Remix) – Roman Rai, Ricky Ryan – Outside The Box Music
Amnesia (Original Mix) – Enamour – Yoshitoshi Recordings
Veha (Original Mix) – Whoriskey – Full Tilt Recordings
Nonesense Logic – Moshic
Ajna (Original Mix) – Stan Kolev – Outta Limits
Explorer (Original Mix) – Mind Against – Hotflush Recordings
Stella (Ko?lsch Remix Long) – Jam & Spoon, Kolsch – Ultra
Forever Untold (Satoshi Fumi Remix) – Satoshi Fumi, Ian O’Donovan – Perspectives Digital